Where did they go from here?

Overview

Have you seen Amazon.com’s product pages? Amazon is a great example of visitor retention through recommendations. All of Amazon’s pages have a “Customers who viewed this also viewed”. And how many times have you clicked those links?

Would you like to implement the same feature on your WordPress blog?

Where did you go from here is a feature rich WordPress plugin that will show “Readers who viewed this page, also viewed” links on your page.

The plugin will track what pages or posts visitors on your sites click through and will display this list for the corresponding post. What better way to retain users than to show them exactly what real people are visiting.

How it works?

When a visitor views a blog post, the plugin checks to see if the referrer is another blog post on your site. If this is the case, then the referring post is updated with a reference to this post. And, the process continues as the visitor moves through the blog.

Thus, each post will display a list of links that other visitors went through from here. Hence, the name of the plugin!

You may wish to check out my other plugin Contextual Related Posts that finds related posts based on the content of your current post.

Where did they go from here

Features

  • Automatic: The plugin will start displaying visited posts on your site and feed automatically after the content when you activate the plugin
  • Shortcode: Use [[wherego]] to display the followed posts. For a range of options check out the function wherego_default_options
  • Widget: Find the Followed posts widget to display the posts in your theme’s sidebar
  • Manual install: Want more control over placement? Check the FAQ on which functions are available for manual install
  • Exclusions: Exclude select posts and pages from the list of posts. Exclude posts from select categories from the list of posts
  • Custom post types: The visited posts list lets you include posts, pages, attachments or any other custom post type!
  • Styles: The output is wrapped in CSS classes which allows you to easily style the list. You can enter your custom CSS styles from within WordPress Admin area
  • Fully customisable output: Extendable via filters and actions. Style with CSS or use the inbuilt plugin API
  • Thumbnail support:
    • Uses the default WordPress image options to fetch the correct sized image. Recommended thumbnail setting is the same as what you set for Thumbnail size or Medium size in your Media settings page
    • Support for WordPress featured image
    • Auto-extract the first image in your post to be displayed as a thumbnail
    • Manually enter the URL of the thumbnail via WordPress meta fields

Requirements

  • WordPress 4.1

Installing

WordPress install

  1. Navigate to Plugins within your WordPress Admin Area
  2. Click “Add new” and in the search box enter “Where did they go from here” and select “Keyword” from the dropdown
  3. Find the plugin in the list (usually the first result) and click “Install Now”

Manual install

  1. Download the plugin
  2. Extract the contents of where-did-they-go-from-here.zip to wp-content/plugins/ folder. You should get a folder called where-did-they-go-from-here.
  3. Activate the Plugin in WP-Admin.
  4. Goto Settings ยป Where did they go to configure
  5. Optionally visit the Custom Styles tab to add any custom CSS styles. These are added to wp_head on the pages where the posts are displayed

Options

Below are screenshots of the options available in the Settings screen

  1. Options in WP-Admin - General options

    Options in WP-Admin - General options

  2. Options in WP-Admin - Output options

    Options in WP-Admin - Output options

  3. Options in WP-Admin - Thumbnail options

    Options in WP-Admin - Thumbnail options

  4. Options in WP-Admin - Custom styles

    Options in WP-Admin - Custom styles

  5. Options in WP-Admin - Feed options

    Options in WP-Admin - Feed options

  6. Meta box in Edit Posts screen

    Meta box in Edit Posts screen

  7. WordPress widget

    WordPress widget

 

ChangeLog

2.1.0

  • Features:

    • Updated admin page based on the Settings API
    • post_types argument can now be passed in csv format
  • Modifications

    • Removed Freemius
  • Fixed:

    • Metabox did not save when editing attachments

Read previous entries in the changelog.

Writing and testing plugins takes a good amount of time. If you like the plugin and find it useful and would like to donate something for my work please do click the Paypal Donate button below. The payment is secure. I haven’t filled in any amount. Feel free to donate what you please. Any amount is welcome. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

License

All files and their contents are licensed under the GPL v2 or greater.

Questions or Bugs

Known Bugs

If you have any questions or would like to report any bugs then please use the support forum.

Downloads

Download Where did they go from here?
Number of downloads: 32,378
Last updated: July 22, 2017
WordPress.org plugin page

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